Belated Birthday with Bokeh Background
To create this card I stamped out 1 ladybug, 2 flowers, 1 leaf, and 4 of the curved stems. Then I colored all the images using a mix of Copics and Ohuhus and fussy cut them out. 2 stems were connected together to become a longer stem for each flower.
I also heat embossed a sentiment in white on black cardstock from Oopsy Daisy and cut that out as well.
For the background I wanted to create a bokeh effect that looked like there was a lot of moody greenery. This was the first time I tried to create a bokeh background and I really like how it turned out! I did it by ink blending distress oxides in Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, and Black Soot leaving the center area lighter and the edges darker. Exactly the same way I made the background for my card using Pawsome Stamp’s Deck the Halls stamp set.
After allowing it to dry, I used a small round finger blending sponge and twisted it on the page to create a sharp edged circle then blended it out into larger various sized circles - a couple in Cracked Pistachio distress oxide and a few in white VersaColor pigment ink. Then I repeated this process of twisting the sponge to make sharp edge circles, but this time I gently blended the edges to soften them and kept the circles the same size. I made sure there wasn’t too much ink so the circles were still transparent and also overlapped them to give them dimension.
The background was then trimmed down to leave a 1/8 inch gap after being propped up on the Neenah Desert Storm A2 card front. And at last, all the images were propped up to create more dimension.